All that remains of a former lace factory in Long Eaton is a single chimney – but now even that will be removed to make way for 80 homes.
At Erewash Borough Council’s planning meeting on Wednesday the plan for the former Britannia and Portland Mills site in Bennett Street was unanimously voted for.
Town historian Keith Reedman asked the committee if they would put a condition on the developers Wade Furniture Group to retain the historic chimney, but they refused.
He said it was a ‘symbol’ of the lace industry, which was an important part of the town’s heritage.
Cllr Donna Briggs said; “Why do we hark on about the past? We should be looking to the future.”
The development will include 24 affordable homes.
At the same meeting a plan was approved to demolish a sheltered housing complex of 28 one-bedroom apartments in Town Street, Sandiacre.
Councillors unanimously agreed to allow Three Valleys Housing to build nine homes in its place.
Cllr Howard Griffiths said: “If you look at the buildings that are there now, this will greatly improve Town Street.”